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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
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Jun 04, 2008

really liked it
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The literary Bond is far darker than the cinematic Bond. In his debut book this is no more apparent than when he roughly seduces a fellow agent and enjoys the fling for the "sweet tang of rape" that he gets out of her.

Despite and maybe because of the blatant misogyny, James Bond comes off as much more human and interesting than what is seen on the big screen, and it makes you wonder where Ian Fleming might have taken his creation if it hadn't become such a huge commercial success. Still, a good read for those who enjoy old school Cold War espionage.
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